UPDATE: Teacher no longer employed at RCSD after 5-year-old was left outside School No. 39
UPDATE: After a 5-year-old was left outside of Rochester City School No. 39, the boy’s teacher is no longer employed by the district, RCSD announced on Friday.
The district and the teachers association aren’t saying much about what led to the teacher’s departure from RCSD, but the head of the Rochester Teachers Association did say there might be plans for an appeal. The teacher has not yet been named.
The Rochester School District would not say whether the teacher was fired or if the teacher left on his or her own accord. All we know is the teacher does not work for the district any more.
Rochester Police investigated the incident, but they aren’t pressing charges against the teacher. Video that News10NBC obtained shows Jonathan “JJ” Green Jr. searching for help after he was left outside after recess in early October.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A boy’s teacher is no longer in the classroom after the boy was left outside after recess at a Rochester city school, the district said on Tuesday.
We heard from the district spokesperson who said they continue to investigate this incident. The district tells us they are taking this very seriously and that this is still being investigated and they are looking at everything that occurred.
In the meantime, we’ve obtained Ring doorbell video that shows the frantic efforts of this 5-year-old to get help.
“I mean, words can’t describe it. He’s calling for me,” Jonathan Green said.
Terrifying new videos show the moment Jonathan “JJ” Green Jr. went searching for help, after he was left behind at recess while attending School no. 39 in Rochester.
“He screaming Daddy and “I’m scared,” Green said.
News10NBC’s Raven Brown watched the video with JJ’s dad. One shows JJ walking up to a home frantically knocking on doors and crying out for help. That’s when Lavatus Donaldson saw JJ from across the street.
“I think about it every day,” Green said. “The wrong person could have opened the door for him, you know? He’s back and forth on a busy afternoon crossing the street, he could have got hit by a car. You know, it could have been a case like Trevyan Rowe where they found him and he just wasn’t here no more,” Green said.
In 2018, 14-year-old Trevyan Rowe got off the school bus at School No. 12 and walked away. Days later his body was found in the Genesee River.
Green said thankfully Donaldson was there, and saved JJ’s life and took JJ by his hand, to go and find help.
“I’m extremely upset. When my son wakes up out of a dead sleep and he starts screaming and crying, saying the teacher left him,” Green said. “Even when I drop him off to his mom, he’s squeezing my hands so hard that my fingers are red.”
How JJ was left outside is under investigation by both the school district and Rochester Police.
Again, the teacher is not in the classroom anymore and district leaders say once the investigation is done they will make a determination in terms of what happens.
They also are working to put measures in place so something like this doesn’t happen again.
Meanwhile, JJ’s dad tells News10NBC JJ has not been back in school since this happened and they are in the process of getting him a counselor.